In the midst of the rural structure small villages in district Thatta, where the calm wind from the ocean nearby moves back and forth in small wooden houses, rural women walk towards a beautiful building in the center of the village.
The faces of those women wearing the most colorful traditional dresses, speak of new purpose in their lives as they head to the perfect place to celebrate and carry forth that purpose. The initial Sughar Centers established in each village by Sughar Empowerment Society are now slowly being transformed into Sughar Women HUBs with the support of Trip Advisor, Global Giving, and the generous donors around the world.
What is a HUB?
A Sughar Women HUB encompasses the aim to mobilize not just the women but the civil society towards the cause of women empowerment where Sughar’s work is of a small fraction in changing women’s lives more effectively. When Sughar focuses on socio-economic empowerment, it encourages organizations working on education, health, climate, property rights, labor and others to come and work with these women in these beautifully built HUBs.
Why a HUB?
A well-built setup, organized women and a disciplined time of gathering allows other organizations to come and introduce their work, facilitate women leadership in other arenas where Sughar does not focus directly.
A New pace to Peer Education:
On a recent visit in the villages of Thatta where Sughar operates, it warmed my heart to see the way women interacted more freely, more powerfully and more joyously about their lives and their needs. The personal space of this Hub has given them the liberty to be man-free for at least a few hours and gossip, laugh, and whisper to each other about things they otherwise wouldn’t talk about.
I remember once asking a woman in interior Sindh about the new wonderful initiative in their village which built hand pumps in their own front yards.
“It’s great, but...” She said with something in her voice that indicated she didn’t know how to continue.
But what? I asked.
“But it kind of took away the fun of gathering the neighborhood girls in the morning and all of us going to fetch water for a few hours from the well outside of our village”, she responded.
It hit me hard to think how we look at joy and effort. Their effort of fetching water was outshone by their joy of being together and the reason to gather being socially acceptable.
Sughar makes HUBs socially acceptable.
A place to celebrate and learn as well as to earn income. What more could be defined as social acceptable?
We at Sughar strive to learn from rural women about how they can learn more effectively, more easily and being able to practice what they learn and sometimes the results surprise us.
How Sughar HUBs were formed?
Sughar HUBs are a learning that came out of Peer Education System inbuilt within the rural women. These women [And even rural men] tend to learn more in groups and are influenced by each other than strangers they only hear about. Real life stories challenge them, make them think and talk and hence take action.
YOU made it happen!
We are extremely thankful to all of you for making this happen! So far two Centers from more then 20 around Pakistan have been transformed into HUBs where women gather and learn together alongside earning income and helping their families prosper because they prosper first.
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